The chatter that the Seattle Sounders could land one of the most prolific strikers in EPL history, will not die. The latest report from this past weekend has an Italian reporter for Sky News Gianluca Di Marzio quoted as saying a deal is already in place for Didier Drogba to leave his current team Galatasaray at the end of the season. It goes on to indicate the club and manager are aware of the deal in place. Drogba’s contract ends at end of the current 2014 season.
Drogba has already agreed with another club.
~Gianluca Di Marzio~
The three reported destinations for the striker are said to be the New York Red Bulls, Seattle Sounders, and a third club, the Italian team Juventus, however are supposedly ” to late” to the negotiations table for the former Chelsea forward.
For Seattle, it raises more questions than it answers. Obafemi Martins could be playing his last three months as a Seattle Sounder, with the MLS transfer window beginning in July. Seattle made a big splash in that very same window inf 2013 with the signing of Clint Dempsey. The team also locked up its central midfielder Osvaldo Alonso to a multi-year contract in the off-season. MLS rules currently only allow for three designated players per team. Martins was acquired at the beginning of the 2013 season a midst much fanfare and speculation, for a reported $4.5 – $6.5 million. Martins was out for long spells in 2013 due to a recurring knee injury and has largely been seen as a disappointment by many.
A signing or deal of this magnitude would continue to propel MLS into its long-term goal of being a first-tier league by 2022. With the signings by Toronto FC of Jermaine Defoe and Michael Bradley in the off-season, the league is beginning to rapidly shift gears and accelerate towards its’ goal.
This latest report would seem to fall in line with a hefty contract already having been offered to Drogba by the Seattle Sounders earlier this year. Adding a player of this enormity would go along way in solidifying the Sounders as the Yankees of MLS.